USAir Group yesterday said it expects a roughly $180 million pre-tax loss for the third quarter, and announced plans to trim 2,500 full-time jobs.

"This loss is occurring in the third quarter, which traditionally is the most profitable period for U.S. airlines," said Renee Shaker, a senior airline analyst at Moody's Investors Service. The period includes July and August, which are the peak travel months, as well as September, Shaker said.

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